Several weeks ago I asked you to share your ideas on what kind of support would be the most helpful to you as caregivers. I was surprised by how few responses I received. I’ve come to the conclusion that when most caregivers are asked, “Can I do anything to help?” the default response is generally, “Thanks, but we’re doing okay.”
I said the same thing when friends offered to help during the peak of my husband’s difficulty. In spite of that, several people brought food. They didn’t ask what we needed or when we wanted it. They just called to say they were on their way, or they showed up and rang the doorbell. I am still feeling overwhelmed with gratitude.
I didn’t NEED for anyone to cook for us, but it did lighten my load and it boosted our spirits tremendously. It isn’t easy to ask for or accept support, but I’ve come to the conclusion that it brings as much joy to the giver as relief to the receiver.
I wrote a lengthy article for Griswold Home Care’s “CaringTimes Blog”. If you are a caregiver, I hope you’ll take the time to read it. If you know a caregiver who could use some support, please share the link. It may help you learn how to ask for and/or receive support as you care for those who cannot care for themselves.
Click Here to Read the Full Article: Caregiver Support: How to Ask for It. How to Give It. Where to Find It